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Insurgents Attack Military Base In South Afghanistan


U.S. Marines board a transport aircraft headed to Kandahar as British and U.S. forces withdrew from the Camp Bastion-Leatherneck complex in Helmand province on October 27.

Afghanistan's military says fighting continues between security forces and insurgents at the Shorabak military base that formerly housed British troops in southern Helmand Province.

Afghan Army General Ghulam Faruq says a group of heavily armed insurgents launched an attack on the base formerly known as Camp Bastion late on November 27. Faruq says six insurgents were killed in clashes.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the raid.

This and a spate of other attacks come after Afghanistan's upper house of parliament approved agreements allowing some 12,500 foreign troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond December 2014, when the bulk of the international NATO-led force is due to leave.

Camp Bastion, located northwest of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, was handed over to Afghan security forces on October 26.

The camp was built by the British Army in 2005, and between 2005 and October 2014 it was the logistics hub for international operations in Helmand, a Taliban stronghold.

At the peak of deployment, there were more than 10,000 British personnel in Afghanistan, most in Helmand.

On November 27, a suicide bomber attacked a British Embassy vehicle in Kabul, killing six people, including one British national. More than 30 other people were injured in the attack, in the eastern part of the capital on the Kabul-Jalalabad highway.

Also on November 27, another attack targeted Kabul's Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic district, which contains foreign embassies and international agencies, as well as the homes of some senior government officials.

With reporting by pajwork.com
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